Internships for High School Students

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What Is an Internship?

  • You’ll learn more about a career (or careers), which can help you solidify your plans for the future. You can use this knowledge in future courses and at future jobs.
  • You gain hands-on experience that can be valuable for future employers.
  • Being able to identify your strengths and weaknesses in a work environment will give you a jumpstart when it comes to your personal and professional development.
  • Networking with employers and leaders in your career field of interest allows you to build valuable relationships that may jumpstart your career later.
  • An internship is impressive to not only future employers, but to colleges and universities as well. This shows that you’re motivated, dedicated, and genuinely interested in your chosen field.
  • If it’s a paid internship, you’ll earn a paycheck. You can use the check for extra spending money or even to help you save for college.

Although internships are increasingly available for high school students, many are offered exclusively to college students, so try the first two options before turning to an Internet search.

Young Innovators Program

Students with ambitions of becoming a scientist or working in healthcare will have an opportunity to work with graduate students and faculty on real research happening at the university in these fields.

If none of the opportunities listed above interest you and if you’re the type of student who likes to create their own path, instead of following in the footsteps of others, then consider creating your own internship.

This might mean that you’ll be cross-trained in different areas, exposed to different topics, and introduced to aspects of your chosen field that you hadn’t even previously considered.

For example, if you’re interested in being an editor, you might ask to intern at a small publishing firm where you’ll learn about production, hiring, sales, and marketing, in addition to best practices in the editing world.

Benefits of a remote high school internship

Build a global network, from home

One of the most valuable benefits of high school internships are the professional connections interns make. Regardless of your future career path, a network will open doors to both professional and academic opportunities. Interns who take on remote placements aren’t bound by the restrictions of international borders, and make global connections from the comfort of their own homes. These placements are the perfect environment to find mentorship and inspiration, as well as excellent references. When it comes time to submit letters of reference to a university or potential employer, our alumni stand out from the crowd with their excellent connections.

Enjoy a flexible schedule

The flexible nature of our remote internship program ensures that high school students with busy schedules can still gain essential professional experience. We offer both full and part-time internships in all of our career fields, with flexible dates and timing. These remote global placements ensure high school students develop a resume that stands out, make essential professional connections, and gain a global perspective on an industry, all from the comfort of their own homes.

Meet with a career coach

Interns benefit from a one hour coaching session with one of our experienced career coaches. After your internship, choose a coach from our portfolio of experts, based on your interests and next steps. to guide them through their next steps. These sessions offer valuable advice and skills in resume development, acing future interviews, personal branding, and more!

Develop foundational skills

Our Career Advancement Training is the perfect opportunity for high school students to develop the skills experts have deemed the most essential for today’s workplace. Interns hone skills in critical thinking and problem solving, oral and written communication, leadership, and cultural fluency, among others.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Summer Internships
UCSC’s Science Summer Internship Program

University of California Santa Cruz has a summer-long (10 weeks) research internship program for high school students in STEM fields. High school students have the chance to receive one-on-one mentoring with UCSC faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers.

High school students who are interested in STEM fields and research are highly encouraged to participate in this program. Students are participating in real and existing research projects at UCSC, not made-up projects.

Students are required to be at least 14 years of age on the program start date and be currently enrolled in high school. Accepted students are normally from the Bay Area high school, but out-of-area students who have local housing are also encouraged to apply.


The Zuckerman Institute’s Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia (BRAINYAC) program prepares today’s youth to become tomorrow’s scientists. Each student is matched with a Columbia neuroscientist, a mentor who guides the student through a research project. Interns come away from the experience with an enhanced understanding of how laboratory research leads to transformative discovery, exposure to a professional academic environment, and a stronger connection to science as a career. Applicants must reside in New York City, preference is given to students in upper Manhattan and South Bronx.

Boyce Thompson Institute High School Internship

BTI, Cornell University, and the USDA invite local high school students to participate in the seven-week internship in the field of plant genome research, bioinformatics, and science communications. The internship runs from June to August. To be eligible students must currently reside in the Ithaca region or surrounding counties and live within a reasonable daily commute to Cornell University. Students cannot be graduating seniors and must be 16 years or older by June 28th to be eligible to apply.

NASA Internships and Fellowships

NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity, and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to the graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. In order to apply for this opportunity, students have to be at least 16 years of age and full-time students.

Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to upper-level high school students pursuing STEM degrees. Students gain hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. AFRL Scholar internship opportunities are offered at several locations across the United States.

The Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences (JHIBS)

JHIBS is an 8-week summer program for high school students that helps them discover a career in the neurological sciences. High school juniors and seniors from the Baltimore city and metro areas are allowed to apply. The internship is held at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Neurology on the East Baltimore campus. Over the 8-week period, interns will participate in a research project guided by faculty, staff, and student mentors and participate in clinical rotations with Johns Hopkins neurologists.

Scripps Student Research Internship

The Summer Research Internship (SURI) program provides the opportunity for highly motivated high school students to work with and learn from a multidisciplinary team of scientists. Students will conduct an independent research project with a mentor. The primary aim of the internship program is to train and prepare young scientists to become future leaders in the realm of translational science. The internship runs from June 6 – August 12, 2022 OR June 20 – August 26, 2022.

The Geosciences Bridge Program

The Geosciences Bridge Program is offered by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. During the 6-week paid internship, students will be introduced to ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences, and geographic information systems (GIS)/Remote Sensing techniques. The internship will be hosted on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus. The program will run from June to August.

The Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Summer Research Program (SRP)

The program is designed to serve students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research in the summer after their senior year in high school. Selected participants will be paired with a research mentor. Research projects may involve laboratory-based research, computer-based database research, or clinical research. Students will learn about research methodology and will complete a project over the summer months. They will present their findings as well as oral presentation sessions. High school students who are applying must have completed their senior year by the program’s start date.